Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
""His most recent outing as a leader, (Exit) Knarr, is a favorite of mine. Not being as free as most of the projects he’s been involved in lately, it’s still tremendously explorative and rewardingly palpable. Spearheading a stellar aggregation of Scandinavian musicians, Flaten demonstrates his compositional abilities throughout six fully realized offerings of breathtaking quality. Each piece, dedicated to a different city, describes the trajectory of the musician with a very particular feel." -Jazz Trail"
(Put Your) Hands Together
Nate Wooley Quintet
"With penetrating compositions and thoughtful improvisational metrics, Wooley's bronze-toned lines and prophetic choruses loom as a commanding force. -Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz"
(Sit In) The Throne Of Friendship
Nate Wooley Sextet
"A warm and heartfelt album, full of inventive compositions, building on various elements of jazz tradition, yet moving it a step further into the future, performed with superb musicianship and equally warm and tight interplay. Play it again! -Stef, Free Jazz Blog"
12 Clarinets In a Fridge
"I often work and compose in my kitchen, and that's how I came to the idea of recording the sounds of various appliances, to make pieces of concréte clarinet. Hétérogène is the result of my collecting of sounds through the years; in this montage they are assembled and combined with concrete sounds. Matériel uses sound material left over from the recordings for this release; the bins of the recording studio. –Xavier Charles, 2014"
13 Friendly Numbers
"A masterful record which should be investigated by anyone interested in free playing. –Penguin Guide to Jazz"
19th of May 2016
Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love
""[Nilssen-Love and Yoshihide] take turns playing, back and forth, individually and in union, finding unexpected synergies in an amazing interpretative game of cat n’ dog, in the end circling each other repeatedly until they’ve torn the listening space to shreds. It’s not for the weak-hearted." - TJ Norris / Toneshift credits releases June 15, 2018 Otomo Yoshihide: electric guitar Paal Nilssen-Love: drums and percussion "
2006 U.S. Tour
"All three are among the best musicians in free jazz land. Trio X is the epitome of tradition-based free jazz. It is free improvisation, with the themes of some standards or spirituals, often, but not always, as an excuse for improvising, being touched upon sketchily. -Stef, Free Jazz Blog"
27 Years Later
"Drummer and percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love performed this incredibly diverse solo set at the Forum, Norway during the 2002 Molde International Jazz Festival. The CD was originally released in a limited edition of 150 on the Utech label in 2005. This reissue on Nilssen-Love's own PNL label puts this extraordinary set back in print for a wider audience. Recommended!"
3 Nights In Oslo
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet
""It's hard to give a general appreciation for eight quite different line-ups, ranging from the minimal duets to the full-blown orchestra. Here it is : the Tentet, it must be said, is magnificent: wild, predictably unpredictable, raw, overwhelming, gargantuan, energetic, forceful and any other adjective that fits in this kind of thesaurus. But it is absolute fabulous fun for the lovers. You can laugh because of the sheer power and chaos, but the musicians are clever enough to vary with slower, often moving and sensitive moments, giving both artists and listeners a break before all hell breaks loose again." -Free Jazz Blog"
"The session unveils an array of evocative styles, including bluesy noir, pungent funk, and austere impressionism. "Multi-Chrome (for Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Fred Van Hove)" opens the record with an ominous vamp that suddenly vanishes, leaving an electro-acoustic cello cadenza in its wake. A serpentine pulse materializes, leading the group through myriad changes before downshifting into a somber tenor and bass duet that precedes the recapitulated theme. The remainder of the album follows similarly unpredictable patterns. "
"If you already sensed that the free bop style played by Ken Vandermark has roots in rhythm ‘n’ blues, here is the recording that confirms your impression. The context enables him to show his origins, and is provided here by a rock solid rhythm section formed by Adam Lane (sometimes with his double bass plugged to a distortion pedal, and when that happens it really grooves) and Paal Nilssen-Love, a drummer who seems to have four arms and four legs A second horn, the trumpet of the amazing Magnus Broo, relates to the saxophonist and clarinetist just as Donald Ayler did with his brother Albert."
50% Off Bundle: Ana & AM/FM
"This album bundle includes two CDs--Ana and AM/FM--by Large Unit and Paal Nilssen-Love & Anders Hana."
50% Off Bundle: Goofy June Bug & Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver
Ab Baars & Ig Henneman
"This album bundle includes two CDs--Goofy June Bug & Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver--by Ken Vandermark / Ab Baars and Ig Henneman Sextet."
The Metamatic Percussion Trio
"The trio of Tim Daisy, Philip Sudderberg, and Julian Kirshner, perform original compositions and improvisations arranged for a wide array of traditional and non-traditional percussion instruments."
"The first solo electronics and percussion by the radical European improvisor in over thirty years, "?""!" is the culmination of decades of research into and experience of new modes of communication. -Nate Wooley, Pleasure of the Text"
A Fine Day In Berlin
The Tim Daisy Trio
"Daisy recorded this improvised session with Norwegian pianist Havard Wiik and Australian bassist Clayton Thomas during a particularly adventurous afternoon session in Berlin. It's definitely not a standard piano trio. It's more of an experimental vehicle maneuvered by the collective spirit of the players and the moment. —Tom Burris"